Hydrogel Eases Stem Cell Delivery as Potential Parkinson’s Therapy

Hydrogel Eases Stem Cell Delivery as Potential Parkinson’s Therapy

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Hydrogel Eases Stem Cell Delivery as Potential Parkinson’s Therapy

A new hydrogel matrix appears to ease the delivery of therapeutic stem cells into the brain, a necessary step in potentially using these cells to treat Parkinson’s disease. In animal models, this hydrogel was found to provide a safe scaffold for stem cells to differentiate into dopamine-producing nerve cells — those gradually lost in Parkinson’s — improving the animals’ motor function. The study, “Tissue programmed hydrogels functionalized with GDNF improve human neural grafts in Parkinson’s disease,”…

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